Michael Sam, first out footballer in NFL, dropped by team
The first out player to be drafted to an NFL team – Michael Sam – has been let go by the St Louis Rams, after they reduced their roster.
Sam made history in May after being the first out American footballer to be drafted to the National Football League, kissing his boyfriend on national TV after he received news.
The Rams have cut their roster from 75 to 53 players with head coach Jeff Fisher explaining the move to cut Sam was not at all connected to his sexuality.
"He's not about drawing attention to himself. He kept his head down and worked and you can't ask anything more out of any player for that matter," Fisher said.
Sam took to Twitter shortly after the announcement to express his gratitude for the time he spent with the team.
“I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level," Sam said.
“I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.
“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues."
An opportunity still exists for the 24-year-old defensive to be picked up by another team ahead of season opening matches next week.